• Annual Physicals May Do More Harm Than Good

    America spends more per capita on health care than any other developed nation, yet Americans are among the sickest citizens of the developed world, ranking only 50th worldwide for life expectancy. Americans also rank near the bottom for everything from infant mortality to obesity, heart disease, and disability. A growing number of studies suggest that part of the problem is actually excessive medical intervention. Americans are receiving — and paying for — an enormous amount of unnecessary and/or ineffective medical tests and treatments. According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, approximately 30 percent of all medical procedures, tests, and medications may be unnecessary, at a cost of more than $750 billion a year. The worst part is that this overtreatment is making Americans sicker rather than healthier. While most people have trouble believing it, there's actually an inverse relationship between money spent on health care and wellness in the US. While studies have highlighted a wide variety of unnecessary treatments, one of the most recent investigations suggests even annual physicals may do more harm than good. The annual physical is the number one reason for doctor's visits, and each year one-third of Americans file into their doctor's office for routine weighing, measuring, and more often than not, some sort of medical testing. The cost of annual physicals and the tests performed amount to about $10 billion each year. But are Americans getting enough of a return on this massive investment?

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  • Annual Physicals May Do More Harm Than Good

    For those women who who would like to get annual screening for whatever reason it is recommended they use Thermography. Thermography does not have the negative issues of mammography and does not use radiation nor is there the pressure on the breast. It also has a track record of being very accurate. But of course, it's not paid for by insurance (surprise, surprise!) But when you can get accurate information without undue side effects/false positives & harm from the procedure itself, it could be worth it. I see my Naturopathic doctor & pay for it myself but I still pay for Medicare every month - for emergencies! (My doc is also an MD and Chiropractor but she does not take insurance nor align with and insurance corps. as she does not want to be compromised by how they may want her to practice medicine.) Everyone out there should be so lucky!!!!!!
  • Annual Physicals May Do More Harm Than Good

    For women who have a history of Breast Cancer in the family or for other reasons would like to be tested annually what is recommended is Thermography. It does not use radiation nor is there the pressure on the breast and it is very accurate. Unfortunately insurance does not pay for it (surprise surprise!) but it is available as an alternative.
  • Annual Physicals May Do More Harm Than Good

    Regarding the "Updated Mammography Recommendations by the American Cancer Society" that Dr. Mercola mentioned in the article: What remains carefully hidden from the discourse and the recent changes in mammogram guidelines by the American Cancer Society into a direction opposite what the cancer business has been fiercely advocating for decades is the fact is there has never been any solid sound scientific evidence in support of mass mammography since its systematic introduction but since the beginning a solid body of data (actual evidence-based data) showed it is seriously harmful to most women and, therefore, mass mammography should have never been introduced in the first place (sources: "Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy" by Peter Gotzsche and "The Mammogram Myth" by Rolf Hefti). The American Cancer Society rationalizes its guideline changes with "The changes reflect increasing evidence that mammography is imperfect, that it is less useful in younger women, and that it has serious drawbacks" - all of it had been known in the 1970s/80s. It's just that the massive orthodox cancer business, especially the American Cancer Society, ignored or ridiculed the real evidence and consistently overstated the benefits of mammography. This "change of heart" by this pawn group for the interests of corporate medicine is hypocrisy at its best (a move to save face?), it's corruption at its worst. The increasing narrative that mammography is a "personal choice" is another one of medical cartel's hypocrisy-corruption propaganda pieces, merely to cleverly avoid culpability for the massive damage they've caused (how can it be a real "personal choice," or say an informed personal choice for the average woman, when the cancer business has always been obstructing women from making an "informed choice" about mammography's benefits and risks which have been inaccurately depicted by the medical industry, favoring their business interests?). Mammography has always been about politics and marginally about science because if one had relied on the latter the test would have never become a common medical practice from the get-go.